Many companies show off outlandish technologies at trade shows just to get attention, and I guess I fell victim to the ploy. Maybe you would, too: Sharp showed an 8k4k HDTV — that's an 85-inch, 7680-by-4320-pixel display — 16 times...
Seeing someone drawing on an HDTV — on the actual screen with an actual electronic pen — stopped a lot of IFA show-goers by German LCD maker Hannspree's booth (I cropped out the surrounding rubber-neckers). We were all gawking at woman's face being sketched on the Lounge TV 70, a 70-inch 1920-by-1080-pixel HDTV.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's got the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet and notebook PC of them all. According to Toshiba, they now have both.
We thought we'd have to wait years, perhaps a decade, for glasses-free 3D TVs. But Toshiba has created a time warp and announced the first glasses-free 3D, the 55-inch 55ZL2, which the company says will go on sale this December.
Your least favorite piece of housework, after washing the toilet bowl, has got to be ironing. But unless you've got a job interview and your lone suit jacket's been stuffed under your mattress since last Labor Day, there really isn't much to motivate you to drag the iron out to do anything except make a grilled cheese sandwich.
Without Apple's ecosystem, Android tablet makers have to play a spec game. And Samsung, the world's second-leading tablet maker, just raised the spec bar again with the new Samsung Galaxy 7.7, with a 7.67-(to be technical)-inch Super AMOLED screen.
A couple of years back, Samsung unveiled the DualView digital cameras, which had a small front-facing LCD screen to more easily frame and snap self-portraits. The company is in love with the idea, apparently, because Samsung is taking it to the next level with the Multiview.
My friend S (he hates it when I invoke his name in print), a long-time IT pro, made a sage observation in the wake of HP effectively whacking its TouchPad, Motorola selling itself to Google, the great Samsung Galaxy Tab/Best Buy giveaway (more on this in a bit), and the general bloody state of the non-iPad tablet business. "Apple's been perfecting its ecosystem for a decade, and these guys think they can duplicate it in a couple of months." And then we laughed. Not at HP, but at the whole ridiculous state of the tablet business that S succinctly summed up. So, now that the tablet business has pretty much devolved to Apple and Android, where do we go from here? Don't ask the pundits. They seem to have no more of a clue about the future of the tablet universe than Criswell did about the diabolical plans of vampires from outer space.
Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, Oscar Mayer — the wiener people (no relation to Anthony) — ran a series of adorable commercials featuring kids singing about how their hot dogs and bologna had first and last names. It's how many people learned how to spell "B-O-L-O-G-N-A." The cellphone business took this inanimate object naming idea to heart. Heretofore, cellphone marketing geniuses kept saddling their wares with an alphabet soup of identifiers that looked as if they'd been created by a password generator or by the failed attempts of the infinite number of monkeys (not otherwise involved in planet domination) sitting at typewriters attempting to reproduce Hamlet. For a while, we were golden. StarTAC. Razor. Chocolate. iPhone. Droid. Galaxy. Evo. Evocative and easy to remember, everything a trade name should be. But those damned Shakespeare-typing primates may have taken over the cellphone naming planet, but Apple may have some need of them to help with identifiers for its upcoming iPhone and HDTV.
Someone thinks I know what I'm talking about. I was invited last month to sit on a panel entitled "The State of Consumer Electronics of Today and Tomorrow: A View From the Front Lines and a Look Ahead" at the annual Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in San Antonio, Texas, mostly on the strength of a column I wrote on DVICE on tablet commercials. I'm not sure what front line I'm on (I'm more of a consumer electronics camp follower), but the look ahead is decidedly murky. Despite constant prodding from the panel moderator and audience to prognosticate a bit too specifically about tablets and e-book readers, all the panelists agreed none of us were 21st century Nostradamuses. I'm not sure how my, uh, personal enthusiasm (I can be a bit, shall we say, boisterous, expressing my opinions) went over. But my own impressions of the conference can be summed up as: The biggest problem with technology, is technology.